__"My research might help cure cancer—how cool is that?" __
—Sara Volz,20,Massachusetts Institute of Technology
"There's a saying I love: 'Science is a verb.' It's something you do,not something you study.It's exciting to question the world.At MIT I'm researching genome editing using a tool called CRISPR.It's a game changer—CRISPR is like scissors for DNA that can cut out bad genes and insert good ones.In 2014 my professor and I,along with a Ph.D.student,discovered how to turn one specific protein on and off in a cell.To think I'm helping push this biotechnology forward so that someday we can cure diseases?I'm proud of that.Not every experiment is successful;science is about failure.But each time you learn something."
—*Volz,a chemistry major,won Intel's 2013 Science Talent Search,and is co-author of two papers on CRISPR inNature Biotechnologyand *Cell.
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